it was very exciting news recently in Malayalam film industry that
Sumalatha, one of the most popular actresses from the mid eighties
to the nineties, would soon return to Malayalam after a long time
with the upcoming Prithviraj movie Calendar, directed by debutant
Disappointingly, the actress, who initially agreed to enact an
important role as actress Navya's mother in this film, has opted
out of the project. But why? She is unable to fulfill the contract
due to her involvement in a tight political campaign by her husband
politician-turned-Kannada superstar Ambareesh for the forthcoming
Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka.
Next, director Mahesh approached another popular South Indian
actress Mohini for the same role, but she too declined. Next was
the turn of actress Sita, refused the role due to the tight
schedule in her call sheet.
It is now
said that noted Malayalam and Tamil actress Rohini (ex-wife of late
actor Raghuvaran) has finally agreed to enact the role. In
Calendar, Rohini will play a character named Thangam George, a
widowed professor who lives for her only daughter Kochu Rani (Navya
Nair). In her career spanning more than 23 years, it is the first
time that Rohini accepts the role of a widow.
In 2007, Rohini played a prominent role as Nirmala, wife of
violinist Issac played by Lal, in director Ranjith's Mohanlal
starrer Rock n Roll, marking her re-entry into Malayalam
after a long gap. She also appeared in Thalappavu (2008)
by actor-director Madhupal.
Planned as a hilarious comedy, Calendar will have Prithviraj in
the lead as Sojashan Olikkara. Other cast members include Mukesh,
Jagadeesh, Jagathy Sreekumar, Vijayaraghavan, Mallika Sukumaran and
Sooraj Venjaranmoodu. Babu Janardhanan pens the script for
Calendar, which has already started shooting at Kottayam last week.
Calendar will be Prithviraj"s Vishu release.